This article shares some great advice from Phoenix car accident attorney, David Michael from Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law with respect to questions you should ask after being in an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013 there were over 2.3 million injuries associated with car accidents. Many of these car accidents were serious or life threatening. With such a significant amount of people being injured each year in car accidents, it is important to know what to do after the accident happens.
Asking the right questions after an accident occurs is very important. Having the right information will allow you to make a claim for compensation for your losses. Failing to have this important information could severely impact any type of compensation that you are entitled to for your losses.
Once your injuries have been stabilized and you have received the appropriate medical care, you should begin seeking answers to the following three questions.
As soon as possible after the accident, injury victims should determine if there were any witnesses to the event. A witness can provide very important information as to the cause of the accident. They can also provide key information about what led up to the accident, such as seeing the other driver texting before the accident occurred.
Witnesses do not have to be questioned at the scene of the accident. However, you are encouraged to gather contact information from the witnesses so that they can be questioned at a later date. Having this information will also prove very valuable if you have an attorney represent your claim for compensation. Your attorney will interview these witnesses to help build your case.
Car accidents can be the result of many different things. Driver errors, dangerous roads, poor road signage, construction areas, faulty car parts, and even bad weather conditions. Determining the fault of the accident is very important. Many states have laws in place that prevent compensation for injuries and losses if the injured party is more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
The first thing that you should remember to do after an accident is to never admit to any fault n the accident, even if you think you may be partially to blame. Since there are so many things that could have led to the accident, it is important to allow a professional accident reconstruction expert determine the fault.
Partial fault can result in a reduction of your compensation by the same percentage that you are at fault. This is why it is very important to find out an accurate reason for the cause of the accident so that you are not blamed for contributing to the accident.
You will need to take a very close look at your losses and determine what your claim is worth. Things to include are all the medical expenses, the time you lose from work, any contributions that you would have received from your employer, out-of-pocket expenses for injury related issues, such as transportation costs for medical care, and any future expenses or losses you may incur as a result of the accident and injuries.
If you are working directly with the insurer, you are advised to never accept their first settlement offer. Insurance companies automatically offer a very low sum in hopes that you will accept and the case will close. They may not even consider all of the losses that you have suffered as a result of the injury.
If you are unsure how to determine how much your case is worth, you are encouraged to speak with an attorney. An attorney can help you realize the true value of your claim and help you fight for complete compensation from the insurance company.
Finding the right answers to these questions will significantly improve your chances to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law today at (602) 691-7278 or filling out our Free Consultation Form.
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